We live hard lives. It doesn’t take long to feel swept into the whirlpool of life, full of disappointment, loss, tears, aching, hopelessness, and isolation.
A day is coming, if it hasn’t already, when you’re out of tears and you’re living in a fog. It comes for each of us.
The Lord speaks to the person in despair with gentleness and compassion. When all you can see is your trouble, He still speaks. He answers the burning questions of the sufferer.
In Psalm 77, we see a man so distraught he can’t function. He can’t sleep; all he can do is cry. At some point in his crying, he turns to cry out to God. He asks, “Where are you? Am I forgotten? Are you mad at me?”
This psalm is one of the best examples that shows us that in our suffering, we can ask God anything. No topic is off-limits with God.
We don’t see God respond directly to this man, but we see the work of the Spirit in his life. It’s summed up in one word: remember.
“I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples. You with your arm redeemed your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.” (Psalm 77:11-15)
Remember how He saved you?
Remember when He rescued you?
Remember how He promised that He would never leave you or forsake you, even in trouble?
Remember His steadfast, unchanging love that is fixed on you?
If life is pressing in on you and trouble seems to surround you, let me encourage you with this: remember God’s work and His promises. Cry out to the Lord, because He cares for you and He knows suffering.
If life is okay for the moment, you have time to flood your heart with the promises of God and reminders of His faithfulness. These truths will sustain you when suffering comes, and it will.